Ten years ago, Rhys created Ahika, a business that leverages vision, leadership and consultancy skills to shape places where nature and communities can thrive. He works with communities, including corporates, rūnanga, councils and NGOs, to deliver ideas embedded in the principles of sustainability.
Rhys initiated the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group, uniting members of the Peninsula community to protect their unique biodiversity. In 2011 he set up the Landscape Connections Trust to protect the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and beyond. The Landscape Connections Trust established The Halo Project to deliver community-led predator control, forest habitat restoration, freshwater enhancement and seabird habitat restoration.
Rhys then established Predator Free Dunedin, engaging with 22 local organisations and local communities for funding and on-the-ground action. Predator Free Dunedin is the first South Island project to receive funding from Predator Free 2050 for large-scale predator control and eradication work, reaching across 33,000ha, including Dunedin’s urban centre. More than 400 volunteers are involved and membership is 1,500.